Archive | May, 2014

Stainbank Nature Reserve

I completed a photo shoot at the Stainbank Nature Reserve in Yellowwood Park this week and met up with members of the Wilderness Leadership School based in the park. This organization does great work in teaching people the true meaning of ecology, and its objects include protecting the wilderness areas and providing responsible guiding and […]

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Caversham Mill

I visited the Caversham Mill in the Natal Midlands yesterday to meet up with a very distant relative, Jack Mudd who grew up in Caversham, and whose Grandmother lived in one of the old wood & iron homes behind the Mill. The Mill, which was built around 1852 has had many owners and over the […]

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Durban Gun Batteries

Whilst I am often on the beach front, I have often walked past the Natal Command fa├žade but never noticed the two gun emplacement positions directly adjacent to Pirates Lifesaving club. These Batteries were two of many gun emplacements constructed during WWII to protect Durban in the event of attack(which never happened).The other emplacements were […]

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Rietfontein Farm – Ladysmith – 24 October 1899

A visit to this site on the farm Rietfontein,near Nicholson’s Nek, brings one into contact with John Hawkesbury, the owner of the farm and an ex Military man (Kings Own Border Regiment & U.S.M.C.R).John kindly gave me some background and then allowed me to photograph and visit the Boer Cemetery, and graves and monuments associated […]

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Tchrengula – Ladysmith

A visit to this site which is on private property, provides an opportunity to stretch the legs up a fairly steep and overgrown kopje. Like the Brits in October 1899, I lost the path which ended in a full frontal ascent to the top, collecting a mass of grass seeds along the way. My socks […]

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Laing’s Nek – near Majuba & Schuinshoogte (Ingogo)

The site of the battle at Laing’s Nek where the British were defeated on 28th January 1881 is totally overgrown with wattle and the cairns have been destroyed. In contrast the battle site at Schuinshoogte (Ingogo) is well maintained and easily accessible. This battle took place on 8th February and was also a set back […]

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